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Florida law against Cuba may help Cuba

The oddest thing about Florida’s new state law to punish foreign companies that do business in Cuba is not that it is an election season gimmick by Republican lawmakers to win Cuban-American votes, nor that it is likely to cost taxpayers a lot before it ends up defeated in the courts. It’s that it would actually help Cuba’s dictatorship.

Before we get into why, let’s look at the facts. The new state law, signed Tuesday by Gov. Rick Scott, prohibits local governments from hiring firms that do business in Cuba or Syria for contracts worth more than $1 million, and forbids Florida state pension funds from investing in these firms.

Drafters of the law tell me there are about 200 foreign companies that could fall into one of these two categories, including Brazil’s Miami-based engineering and construction giant Odebrecht USA, whose parent company has a subsidiary that is upgrading Cuba’s port of Mariel.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, U.S. Rep. David Rivera (R-Miami), one of the most vocal backers of the new state law, rejected criticism that it is unconstitutional, and that it will scare away foreign investments from the state.

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Et tu, Brute?

It is really simple, taxpayer money will not be paid to companies that are on the U.S. terror watch list, yes Cuba is on that list.

There are plenty of U.S and foreign based companies that can do the work and choose not to do business with states that sponsor terror. i.e, Cuba... I am glad this law is in effect so we can see both the Republican and Democrats that are willing to trade and defend doing business with terror states Like ANDRES OPPENHEIMER and J. Antonio “Tony’’ Villamil, among others that will soon come out since their paymasters will order them to defend their interest with terrorist sponsor Cuba.

Et tu, Brute?

PS: This law will not help Cuba or their friends that do business with them... The article headline is an opinion and uses J. Antonio “Tony’’ Villamil to support its conclusion... Andres's lazy reporting getting weaker and weaker... People who want freedom for Cuba will have the last laugh as these folks will stumble over themselves to visit the kiss up to the new Free Cuba to continue their biased reporting...

Their lack of fortitude is sickening, these people would have sold the U.S. to the Brits back in the day do not doubt that for one second.

leonard  cremeans

Scott knows it is unconstitutional. Just another reason he is a one term governor.

Et tu, Brute?

Leonard, you are more interested in arguing about constitutionality rather than being upset that our tax dollars are going to foreign companies that choose to do business with a terrorist state?

Don't be that guy, you can do better! Support freedom not slavery dude!

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